Monthly Archives: July 2017

You are NOT alone

One of the most unhelpful things that we humans tend to believe is that we are alone – in our feelings, thoughts, and circumstances. While still maintaining our uniqueness of character, we are actually traveling similar roads each day. Do not live in the lie that no one will understand what you’re going through, for it is in I hisolation that despair grows and festers.

Talk to someone you trust – find a person to trust and take that leap. Tell that person about what’s happening deep down inside you. The right audience can make a huge difference – suddenly the burden is lighter because it’s been shared. And you’ll likely hear that what you’re feeling is something you have in common.

I’m working on my active listening, so I volunteer if you need to have this type of conversation. And if for some reason you are reading this and we’ve never met (since that can happen with the Internet) maybe you’ll have the courage to take a chance on speaking deeply with a receptive stranger. I’m no helpline, but I do have a direct line open to Heaven when I need backup in understanding and empathising.

Now for some mundane details and I’ll plan to check back in tomorrow to share if I found any life lessons or opportunities for change in a regular summer day… No lounging around for our Monday morning, but an appointment after breakfast for windshield repair, likely needed as a result of a recent road trip. Good car of mine to have few problems so far! If there’s a wait, my three boys and I will walk a short distance to the mechanic because it’s probably time to schedule brake repairs – before they’re totally worn out is preferable!

Last but not least, here’s where I am journeying in Bible study with an online group of friends: the wonderful first book of Psalms. Lots to underline (showing the verses resonate) and jot down (in the margins and selected, more detailed thoughts in a journal). I so appreciate this study!

Have a lovely day! Remember to reach out!

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Review: You Can Do This (Tricia Lott Williford)

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I wanted to like this book, and definitely did enjoy the personality shining through from the author. I think it would be great to meet for tea and chat about our life experiences and dreams and such…

However, there was something missing in this book. At times I wondered if it had really come from Tyndale or from a mainstream publisher –┬áthe message so often appeared to be about what I must do rather than what God is doing or wants to be doing in my life if I’d just get out of the way already. Though there are biblical references at the end of the book, I couldn’t feel them as I read through it.

I want life advice that obviously comes from Scripture and is backed by it, not modern wisdom with the Bible as afterthought. That may not be at all what the author intended me to feel as I read it, but the fact still remains that I was left wanting more – a message with far more hope, one that doesn’t depend on what I can accomplish, but what God achieves in the human heart that is surrendered to Him.

Book description:

Our culture as a whole, and often the Christian culture in particular, discourages confidence in women. Tricia Lott Williford explores how confidence and self-awareness can be a path toward stronger and richer faith. She offers stories and strategies to inspire and lead women to develop the confidence to stand firm in the face of the blows, losses, and disappointments in life.

Readers of this book will think, laugh, and gain confidence to do what is set before them. They will feel hopeful, courageous, strengthened, encouraged, present, and confident. And finally, readers will be equipped to implement simple strategies to inspire contagious confidence in themselves and others.

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Review: A Matter of Trust (Susan May Warren)

The Montana Rescue series continues in this latest book by Warren, and it lives up to the standards set by the previous two books, Wild Montana Skies and Rescue Me.

As always, Warren drew me in with characters I could believe I’d meet in my own town; they’re realistic and flawed, but with much potential for personal growth. She doesn’t just leave them in the sticky emotional situations she devises for them, either, but brings them out stronger and even more likeable than before.

Though winter sports have never been my thing, especially hurtling down icy slopes with avalanche danger imminent, I enjoyed every page that passed with Gage out on the mountains or even thinking about the mountains. Warren’s ability to make the reader identify with her characters and their passions is superb, something every fiction writer should aspire to achieve.

I’m certainly looking forward to more from this series and will be sure to check for previous books I may have missed before I had come to the realisation several years ago that Warren is one of my favourite writers.

Grab a copy at your favourite retailer! Here’s an Amazon link to get you started on your shopping…

Book Description:

Champion backcountry snowboarder Gage Watson has left the limelight behind after the death of one of his fans. After being sued for negligence and stripped of his sponsorships, he’s remade his life as a ski patrol in Montana’s rugged mountains, as well as serving on the PEAK Rescue team. But he can’t seem to find his footing–or forget the woman he loved, who betrayed him.

Senator and former attorney Ella Blair spends much of her time in the limelight as the second-youngest senator in the country. But she has a secret–one that cost Gage his career. More than anything, she wants to atone for her betrayal of him in the courtroom and find a way to help him put his career back on track.

When Ella’s brother goes missing on one of Glacier National Park’s most dangerous peaks, Gage and his team are called in for the rescue. But Gage isn’t so sure he wants to help the woman who destroyed his life. More, when she insists on joining the search, he’ll have to keep her safe while finding her reckless brother, a recipe for disaster when a snowstorm hits the mountain.

But old sparks relight as they search for the missing snowboarder–and suddenly, they are faced with emotions neither can deny. But when Ella’s secret is revealed, can they learn to trust each other–even when disaster happens again?

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